When you enter this world, you are immediately a liability and a risk in the grand scheme of things. You do not contribute for the better of the world, or to humanity. You are a burden on society, economy, resources, time and everything, whether you like it or not. That might be a dark and negative way to go about a birth of a beautiful child, but it’s the truth. You have the power to change all this around, you have the ability to become a asset, a contributing member of the human species, someone who benefits us as a whole opposed to being a burden to society. You are responsible for your own fate. No one else.
People will usually stay a liability up until their mid or late 20’s, sometimes sooner or later. It all depends on how you decide to structure your life and what decisions or path(s) you take.
The goal is regardless whether you are an asset or not, to encapsulate all the fundamentals to help pave your way to becoming one or further becoming a even more valuable asset.
Speak to any successful individual, and they will tell you it’s assets which brought them their fortune. By definition an asset is a resource with value that an individual, corporation or country owns or controls with the expectation that it will provide future benefit.
We want to become a asset not just to better your future, we’re going to take it a step further to expand the scope to society and the human-race as a whole. But first, we begin with you.
OK, So how do I become an Asset?
As mentioned earlier, to become a asset- you must somehow benefit your future, contribute to the world you are living in and constantly strive to improve yourself, in all facets of your life. Every decision or choice you make, everything you do, is your responsibility and your responsibility alone.
A common example would be to blame someone other than yourself for a misfortune, mistake, or problem– you automatically become a liability.
“Oh Ashley did this! And now we can’t do X,Y and Z. On top of that I shouldn’t be responsible. So yeah.” — you are already presenting yourself as a risk. In the time you took to explain why you were not to blame, you also presented the other individual with your problem, accomplishing nothing and wasting the most valuable resource of them all; time. How dare you.
To become a asset in such a scenario, is simple. Same premise; you are presented with a problem–but instead of setting blame, you take the necessary steps to find out what caused the issue, how you can correct it (if a solution is feasible), and how the issue can be prevented in the future.. This showcases your critical thinking, incentive to improve and ability to plan ahead. You not only come with valuable information, you came prepared with a plan- a means to a solution. Meaning you came with knowledge. Knowledge is information you have processed and know how to apply it. Knowledge is the concise and appropriate collection of information in a way that makes it useful. You just became a useful asset.
The scenario above, is of course, very vague and there could be various contributing factors to what issue was presented and or how; but the key here is the mindset, it’s proactive. You are constantly thinking of ways to improve what is presented to you, and solutions to issues opposed to taking no action. You need to consume this mindset and rigorously administer it throughout your life, to your smallest and biggest decisions. It’s a lifestyle.
Be proactive. Be diligent. Be forward thinking.
Becoming a asset is not a over-night thing. You need to invest in yourself, and see the payoffs accumulate. We want to overhaul you, to be the most capable and valuable asset you can be, not just one that tapers along day by day. We aren’t concerned with them. We want game-changers. Smoking-guns.
Bad Habits, Opportunity Costs & Risks
Let’s start with one of the most difficult portions of transforming yourself into a useful asset. Your bad habits and vices. They simply must be removed from the equation, we don’t want to waste our most useful resource, time, on any of these nuisances. They simply have too big of a price tag attached to them; translation- their opportunity costs and risk factors are “Too damn high!”.
Opportunity costs by definition is the cost of an alternative that must be forgone in order to pursue a certain action. Put another way, the benefits you could have received by taking an alternative action.
Everything has an opportunity cost and risk attached to it. socializing with friends, working, reading, drinking, going to sleep, everything. Some have higher price-tags than others; and some will pay for itself, and at times, in spades.
Risks by definition is the chance that an investment’s actual return will be different than expected. Risk includes the possibility of losing some or all of the original investment.
Same as opportunity costs, risks are everywhere. going out for a jog, taking a drive, stepping out of bed, taking a shower, everything. Life is one big game of risk. Some activities have larger risks associated with them, and some have insignificant amounts.
Something as simple as laying on your bed watching TV can be one huge risk, with an equally sized or greater opportunity cost attached to it. By simply laying on your bed watching TV you are risking your future to your TV and bed. You’re not being useful of your biggest resource, time. The simple act of watching TV, you are not benefiting your future, unless your job is to watch TV– and even then unless you are doing something useful with that information, for the purposes discussed, it’s still one huge risk with little to no payoff. You are also wasting away your body and numbing your brain by indulging in this senseless activity.
When you factor in opportunity costs, the mundane harmless actions becomes even larger– you can be much more diligent with your time.
We need to critically analyze every small thing we do, to the point we are absolutely meticulous. Of course, we are not robots. Even robots need to re-charge, and that’s OK.
Although, when unwinding, we should still be conscious of how we spend that time, because once you’re in the proactive mindset, you will come to realize how limited our time is, and you will only strive to utilize it efficiently and as best as possible. The simple thought of plopping down to watch Netflix would make you guilty even considering it, chances are you would lay out options and would ask yourself things like “Is this worth my time?” “How will this benefit me?”
Once you adapt this mindset, any activity that does not benefit you- or wastes your time, you will start to feel guilty. Even when it’s time to relax, you will find a way to use your time for something constructive.
Things that you never realized were such wastes of times, will become glaringly obvious, and you will wonder why you ever used to partake in them. Activities ranging from getting that extra five minutes of snooze, checking your phone, watching tv shows, just “hanging out with friends”, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, watching YouTube videos, aimlessly surfing the internet and pretty much anything that consists of when you’re done completing that activity, you have achieved nothing.
This new proactive, productive mindset will re-wire your brain to look at things from a different perspective, it will force your brain to compute the reasons of you performing any action. What will I achieve after doing this? Will this benefit me in the future? Is this worth my time? Depending on how strict you are with your time, you will either come to the decision if the activity/action is worth your time.
From being late to a appointment to the where we are in the universe, time-space and our ability to live, breathe and do all the other things we do on this planet, boils down to time. If there was something greater than we as a species cannot yet comprehend, it would be time. Time rules all. It controls and consumes us all, and will continue to do so. We cannot slow time down, or speed it up. We are at a constant battle against it. Time can be our ally, or our foe. However, we frequently let time become the latter by not being more conscious of it.
“Time is not your friend. It doesn’t care if you live fast or die slow, if you are or if you aren’t. It was here before you arrived and it will go on after you leave. Time doesn’t care who wins or who loses, if your life span is full or empty, honorable or shameful. Time is indifferent. It simply doesn’t give a shit.”
We need to make time our ally, not our foe. People will lose track of time, procrastinate, and generally not be conscious of time, forcing time to become their enemy and work against them.
We cannot control time, but what we can do is try to make it work for us and if you can manage to do that than you have the biggest gun in your arsenal to become one big, bad, asset. There is a high chance that the universe and even time will reward you.
If you do succeed in becoming a asset within the time given to you, you will continue to be a asset indefinitely, even after you’re gone.
To make time work for you, and not against you, you simply just must be better at managing it.
Time Management & Distractions
No. The single most powerful word that can make you a master of your time. Mastering your time is all about avoiding, ignoring, disregarding, saying no to distractions. Distractions come in all shapes and forms, to pull you away from your main goal, dreams, aspirations, in other words, the bigger picture.
Think of your ultimate goal in life, one that will define you, one that is your number one priority, something you are striving to do. Think of your ultimate goal as the love of your life, because you will do anything in your power to defend it, nurture it, cherish it, and love it with all you’ve got.
Of course, it’s easy to get side-tracked in this life of distractions, because that’s exactly the type world we live in, full of distractions that are constantly pulling us away from the love of our lives. So why do we allow ourselves to succumb to such easy distractions? It’s because our society has now been sculpted towards instant gratification; anything that won’t please us immediately are considered not worth our times, when it should be the opposite way around. Any good that has ever come out of this world has been from spending time on it, dedication, determination and discipline. You need all three to give the confident No.
No, you are too dedicated to give up your valued time. No, you are too determined in your endeavor to be side-tracked and No, you don’t need a reason, because you are disciplined.
It’s easy to be distracted, and look the other way especially when things aren’t going your way, you see other individuals doing well, reaping the benefits of life, traveling the world, dining at expensive restaurants, sipping margaritas on the beach, and among many other luxurious things. However the question we want to ask ourselves is, just how bad do you want it? Do you want it bad enough to cut every single distraction of your life to focus completely on one goal? It’s a balance between focus and distractions. The more distractions you have, the less focus you will have. The less distractions you have, the more focus you will have. Simple.
Striking the perfect balance is key, and is different with every single individual- one might be able to achieve the same level of focus with a certain amount of distractions, whereas someone else would need to let go of more distractions to reach that level of focus achieved by individual one. That leads us to think, what happens when person one lets go of even more distractions and achieved zen-like focus on his goal? Thankfully, we have historical data from greats to prove that great things happen when one puts their mind to it. When they live and breathe for something they truly care and are passionate about.
That’s saying No.
Wake the f*** up
Excuse my french, but I truly believe this section deserves its own sub-category, although it ties in with time-management, the majority of the population of the world are lazy drains on society and will find a excuse to delay, procrastinate, and wait on anything and everything. Bear in mind, there is always a time and place to wait or delay a action, but not because you “don’t want to do it right now”, it’s usually because we are awaiting some other key bits of information before making a more informative decision or action, this type of ‘waiting’ can be beneficial and a real skill.
However, for the majority of the population the latter doesn’t ring true– they procrastinate because they don’t want to do it. Why? “Because I’m lazy”, why has this excuse become acceptable in modern society? It holds no weight, it translates to “I lack the willpower, motivation, drive, to do X, Y, and Z because I lack the effort to care for myself or well-being. I’m a useless strain on society, a risk, a liability.” Cruel? Yes. Truthful? Fatally. “I’m too lazy” comes in many shapes and forms “Not right now” “I’ll get to it” “Just after this one thing..” “I don’t want to get up”.
When you hear these excuses, it should send a sting down your nerves, and when if you hear yourself say these things– you need to stop it right there in it’s tracks. This is one of world’s most widespread diseases, it claims millions of lives everyday and once you succumb to this disease, you will require extraordinary amounts of dosage to cure it.
This disease is called Laziness and early detection can only be prevented by you, and only yourself. However, if you have succumbed to it, you will need to administer enormous amounts of willpower to overcome it.
Chances are you might already be diagnosed with Laziness, and so I will tell you the best way to eradicate this disease. I can’t write you a prescription, but what I can write you is what this category has been leading up to.
Wake the f*ck up. Seriously, and wake up early. I don’t mean 6am, I don’t mean 5am, I mean wake the f*ck up. I personally recommend 4 to 430AM. I would say that is ideal. 5am feels too late, 6am? You might as well wake up at noon. I personally and truly believe 4 to 430 am is the sweet spot. Many greats swear by it. Waking up early for something you’re passionate about, is easier, because chances are you can’t even sleep because you’re too excited to get back to what you’re in love with. However, for most of us that’s not the case, as we have yet to find our passion, so what we need to train ourselves is to, well, love what is easily most lovable. Ourselves. When you’re in love with yourself, as reiterated above, you will want to do anything and everything to improve yourself, that begins with wringing out this disease right at its tracks first thing in the morning.
Being awake when everyone is asleep, early in the morning, grants us early access to the biggest asset; time. Extra time, to get a work-out in, meditation, a healthy breakfast, morning work-emails, and preparedness. There will always be something exciting, serene and comforting about being first about anything, from being the first one awake, first one to get somewhere, first to witness the birds chirping, first to receive a bit of information, first place, first everything.
People will tell yourself not to compare yourself to others, but it depends on exactly how you are comparing yourself; for the better or worse?
For example, if you were to compare yourself to, say, someone more successful you know, and you’re turning down your self-esteem with negative thoughts like “I’ll never be that way”, “They have more going for them”, “I wish I were them” then you’re just setting yourself up for failure, and, you’re wasting time with thoughts that are not actionable.
Identical scenario, now with a positive outlook, you can ask yourself things like “What are they doing that I am not” “What do I need to do to be just as successful?” and “What steps do I need to take to be have the same opportunities presented to me?” these are thoughts that make you critically think and are action items you can task yourself with.
If you want to improve yourself, you need to compare yourself with others. Not with those who are inferior to you, rather you should take the examples for those who are ahead. See how they have attained success in their life, how much struggles they have made and how much hardship they have faced.
Competition is absolutely necessary. It will bring the good and bad out of us and drives us to constantly improve. Some people have more of a competitive edge than others, and this is all due to how they have been raised and what they have gone through in life. Of course, anyone can gain that competitive edge, and the type of competitive edge we are seeking here is; willpower.
What is will? What is willpower? To be able to manage it, you must first understand what the word means.
‘Will’ is the ability to make conscious choice. We all have free will and make our own choices, even if these are to obey the commands of others. Flowers do not have will. Animals have a degree of will. Humans have more, simply because they are better at thinking and can make informed choices.
When something can be done ‘at will’ means one can act at any time of choosing without hindrance. Greater will is needed when there are obstructions.
A person may be described as ‘willful’ if they do not easily submit to the requests or commands of others. They do what they like, breaking rules and laws without concern for what others may think (other, perhaps, than to delight in the sense of control this brings).
Will is related to desire. If you do not want something very much, then the will to succeed is likely to be weak. This is reflected in the saying ‘A faint heart never won a fair lady.’ On the other hand if you have a strong desire, then you will be more likely to persist. Another saying is ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way.‘
Exertion of will as self-control may be viewed as a conflict of desires, for example where we both want to get angry and know that we should not.
There is a scientific argument that our unconscious mind is actually in charge and that conscious thought is just the perceived surface of the total unconscious. Whether this is true or not, we still have what we call choice. The alternative is to be fatalistic and be blown by the winds of the world.
Willpower is the motivation to exercise will. A person with strong willpower will assert decisions even in the face of strong opposition or other contradictory indicators. A person with little willpower will give in easily.
Getting what you want takes willpower, whether it means you doing something or others doing things for you. To succeed, this means first you must know what you want. Then you must be determined to get it, even in the face of extreme difficulties.
Will and power are closely related, as using will is exercising power. Powerful people often exercise what seems to be a strong will, although this often comes from the confidence that having power creates rather than directly from having the power. In a reversal, people who have strong will increase their power as a result.
How can one expect to be an asset, if the asset is not able to create more assets, thus creating more value. Up until this point, this post has been all about YOU, and no one else, but this is one trait that all assets must absolutely possess, leadership. The whole premise of this website is to inspire and motivate other individuals to do great things, improve themselves, to see others succeed, not just themselves. That’s leadership and I truly believe for the human race to better itself as a society and whole is for us to be leaders, from the bottom line to the very high levels, each branch of the tree has their own leaders which help the whole group work as one to benefit the future of the whole organism.
One individual I must plug is Simon Sinek, if you have not heard of him, I highly suggest you jumping over to YouTube and check out all his conferences and talks. Because I will pretty much reiterate what he writes and talks about; as I believe there is no better way of describing what true leadership is from how Simon Sinek explains it.